Here’s a movie I did not think I’d watch. I’m being very honest here. With a name and poster like that, I did not even bother to watch the trailer nor read the plot.
And thus the mistake I did was to go in with a ready set of prejudgments I had made. I mean, come on, a movie called BéBé?
During the first 30 minutes of the movie, I sat watching a young lady acting like a kid until suddenly it started making some sense. I’m glad I did not read the plot, it would have taken the element of surprise away.
BéBé is a Lebanese movie from concept to actors to production. It’s a film directed by Elie F. Habib starring Youssef Al Khal and Maguy Bou Ghosn.
Although it’s a romantic comedy, the subject is quite a sensitive one. A 33 year old mentally impaired girl – who does not look like one – leaves her home for the first time alone, with a bag of one million dollars in cash.
The way mentally impaired people are treated in our society is well portrayed. The question is not about leaving these people at home and being ashamed of them here. The movie goes WAY beyond. The question is about living a normal life, finding love and raising a family. Even the issue with associations and heritage is tackled. This is where this film earned my respect.
I’ve seen what some families are capable of doing in order to get rid of their “inconvenience”. It really hurts. Yet, a lot of what could be labeled as “surreal” moments in the movie, actually do happen in real life as some people fail to realize that some mental impairments dot not come with a recognizable physical aspects they commonly know.
Now some characters are bit overboard in my opinion, like Cici’s (played by Jessy Abdo) while Mirva Al Kadi’s acting could have been much better.
Also, in one scene, Bébé is seen walking in the streets of Hamra, then immediately after, she’s seen in Jounieh with no logical transition. That may not be an issue for a viewer who doesn’t know the streets of Lebanon, but for those who do, a few seconds of BéBé in a cab would have been enough. 🙂
Moving forward, I think this two-hour movie will appeal to a big mass of the population especially that it found it’s way to get the message out there, using a simple and funny approach.